Colder temps mean less vibrant fall leaves in NJ

Warm temperatures and drought are slowing down the arrival of fall's vibrant colors. Chlorophyll, which causes the green color of leaves, starts to break down

Warm temperatures and drought are slowing down the arrival of fall's vibrant colors.

Warm temperatures and drought are slowing down the arrival of fall's vibrant colors. (10/21/13)

SOMERSET - Warm temperatures and drought are slowing down the arrival of fall's vibrant colors.

Chlorophyll, which causes the green color of leaves, starts to break down in colder temperatures. This basically exposes other pigments, like red and orange, which accounts for leaves' changing colors.

The warmer temperatures have delayed the process, and dry conditions take the brilliant hues down a notch.

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